We have been using the MAST MATE climber lately and seldom use a halyard. It is possible to use it when going up while alone, in conjunction with harness and double tether for passing spreaders, etc.
Yup, I’m with you, that’s far and away the best way to go aloft, for me… Far more secure than dangling, easily done alone with no need for an assistant… Especially useful for a project that might require numerous trips in succession up and down, quicker and much less tiring than hoisting yourself… Fantastic product, only time I ever dangle using a harness is if I have to go out the the spreaders…
My spinnaker halyard is internal and comes out of the mast about three feet down from the truck. Worst case I'd fall six feet (ouch). My two jib halyards and main halyard are wire to rope and the splice always makes me nervous. You have what you have.
Well, that’s a relief – I figured you were smarter than that (grin)…
My spinnaker halyard is the same, it re-enters the mast about 5 feet below the crane… Still, I’d likely die of a heart attack, as a result of such a drop, I’m a complete wimp when it comes to going up the rig…
It is good to have an electric winch. Seriously - the smooth lift of an electric winch is much easier on the victim up the stick than grinding up.
That's true, as long as one never loses sight of the fact that an electric winch is one of the potentially most dangerous pieces of gear that one can put on a boat... Right up there with a chartplotter, IMHO... (grin)
The use of an electric winch for such a purpose comes with one very important caveat. A self-tailing mechanism should NEVER be used when hoisting a person aloft, and you have to have a plan to cut the power to the winch in the event something goes wrong with the switch…
A horrific accident occurred in Antigua last winter aboard an Amel, while a woman was hoisting her husband up the rig using a self-tailer… The switch failed and would not cut off, and in her attempt to remove the line from the self-tailer while under load, her hands became caught up in the winch…
Fair warning, the following account is pretty gruesome, I can’t imagine the horrific scene that ensued:
Two people from the yachting fraternity were injured in a freak accident on Saturday that left one man with several fingers missing and a woman with her left hand severed from her wrist.
Information surrounding the incident remained sketchy at the time of going to press. However, The Daily OBSERVER understands that some time after 5 pm, the Venezuelan woman was using a motorised lift to hoist her husband onto the mast (the metal frame that holds the sail) to make some repairs.
Reports are that the woman soon realised that something was mechanically wrong with the lift and fearing for the safety of her husband, who was already several feet in the air, she attempted to stop the equipment.
However, her left arm became trapped as the machine continued moving upwards.
Hearing her screams, a yachtsman from a neighbouring boat went to her assistance while the husband watched on helplessly.
The would-be rescuer soon realised that he could not help the woman and called for further assistance. Another yachtsman from Switzerland answered the call and in his attempts to free her, he too became trapped and eight of his fingers were severed.
The woman then tried to free her left hand, using her right hand and that hand too became trapped. Her left hand was completely severed at the wrist while her right hand was crushed, which resulted in several broken bones.
The two were rushed to Mount St John’s Medical Centre, where doctors attempted to reattach the severed hand and fingers.
It is reported that the vessel was docked at the Jolly Harbour Pier at the time of the incident.
Freak accident leaves woman with severed hand | Antigua Observer Newspaper